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Lanesboro Council to review street sweeper quotes


Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The City of Lanesboro looked at the possibility of purchasing a new street sweeper at the regular meeting on November 19. City employee Andy Drake presented the council with quotes from Mac Queen Equipment in St. Paul for two different sweepers.

The first bid was for a 2007 sweeper with a two-year warranty for a total of $113,984 after trade-in. A three-year lease purchase payment, which would start in January of 2009, would be $41,684. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman stated this was a very good deal for a new sweeper.

The other bid was for a 2003 sweeper for $88,500. Three-year lease purchase payments for that would be $32,364.

Drake explained that the sweeper currently in use is 15 years old, and has 22,000 miles on it, which is a lot for a sweeper. He added that last year the city put a lot of money into it, around $5,000.

Vickerman asked if he thought the sweeper would last another year or so, and Drake said there was just no way to know. According to Vickerman, money for a new sweeper was added to the Capital Improvement Plan for 2010, but they only planned for $45,000.

The council members will be looking over the quotes and Vickerman will look at some financial options if they choose to purchase a new one.

Vickerman also mentioned that the city recently sold their red truck for $5,300. The council approved using that money to buy a new plow and snow tires for the winter. There will then be three snow plows for snow removal. She estimated the cost of the plow installed on the white Public Utilities truck would be $3,800, and $800 for snow tires.

Library Board

Council member Vince Jeannette reported from the library board that SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) will be giving the Lanesboro Public Library $4,000 less this year than they received last year. Vickerman explained that the county is giving more money to the libraries this year, but the way they are distributing it is different, and is based on rural usage. The percentage of use in Lanesboro has gone up this year, but not as much as some other communities in the county.

Mayor Steve Rahn said he would like Anne Hutton, the head of SELCO, to come to a meeting to explain how they came up with the numbers.

Bluff Country Request

Historic Bluff Country asked the city to pass a resolution supporting the National Scenic Byway that passes through Lanesboro. Adapting the policy would me .....
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Preston City Council Report: Caboose for Preston

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Richard Petsch, Preston Historical Society, informed the city council of the historical society's purchase of a Milwaukee Road Railroad caboose at their regular November 19 meeting. Petsch said that a down payment has been made to purchase ..... 
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Wind company gets go ahead for testing towers in Harmony and Bristol Twps.

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission approved four conditional use permits at its November 15 meeting, including two permits for wind testing towers.

A California company that develops, operates and manages wind energy ..... 
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Harmony Council looks at proposed budget cuts

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Deciding where to make cuts in the budget was an item of much discussion for the members of the Harmony City Council during their regular meeting on Nov. 13. City Administrator Jerome Illg, with direction from the council, had come up with ..... 
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Corps report says flood exceeded 500-year mark

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - If the Rushford City Council really needed official proof that the flood of '07 was a bad one, they got it at their meeting last Monday, November 12, in the form of a draft of a report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Co ..... 
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Commissioners discuss publishing public notices

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At the Nov. 13 county board meeting, County Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter asked the board to advertise for newspaper bids for the official newspaper for 2008. This procedure is followed each fall to designate a newspaper as the official ..... 
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Spring Valley moves forward on street project

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - At the regular Nov. 13 meeting, the Spring Valley City Council gave the go ahead to Yaggy Colby Associates for the final design and construction services for the 2008 CIP project which includes storm water and sanitary for Hudson Ave ..... 
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County Board deals with zoning issues

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - An array of zoning issues were discussed by the county board at their November 6 meeting. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig asked the board to consider a resolution to amend Section 7, subpart 721 of the county ordinance dealing with requi ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council to determine assessment policy

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The City of Lanesboro will be making some street repairs and other capital improvements in the near future. The costs of some of these projects will be assessed to adjacent property owners, and the city council members have the job of de ..... 
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